Best Solutions Educational Services, LLC is a educational consulting firm that advocates for families of school aged children with unique needs . We are proud of our ability to collaborate with school systems and other public organizations on behalf of children. Through a variety of means, our staff of experts support children, young adults and parents through training opportunities, tutoring services, consultations and educational advocacy. The owner Debrah Martin has developed a team of educators with expertise in School Psychology, Special Education Administration, Communication Disorders, Community Resources and Special Education Curriculum. Ensuring that each child is provided with benefits of Federal Law requirements of The American Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are important to us.
Best Solutions Educational Services has been in the business of helping children with unique abilities realize their potential abilities for more than 10 years. We service families in multiple states and jurisdictions. Through parent trainings, collaborative efforts with school teams, educational advocacy services and tutoring we help the people who "need to know" discover that each child has a unique story. Until that "story " is realized, adults in the child's "community of learning" may overlook keys factors that may lead to the best solutions and outcomes.
Meet the Educational Consultant Team
Debrah Martin, President
School Psychologist, Educational Advocate
Debrah Martin has been an advocate for children for more than 40 years. Her personal mission is to help non-disabled community members increase their awareness of individuals who have special needs. She attended The Catholic University of America where she completed the School Psychology program earning a Master of Arts Degree and an Advance Certification in School Psychology. Mrs. Martin then worked as a School Psychologist in Maryland and later in Virginia and was the recipient of The School Psychologist of the Year Award in Fairfax County Public Schools during her tenure. Mrs. Martin an Adjunct Professor at the Prince George’s Community College Children’s Developmental Clinic for four years, is a member of the Prince George’s County Special Education Coalition for seven years working beside special education attorneys and advocates. Mrs. Martin served on the Board of Directors of the Arc of Prince George’s County from 2014 – 2016 as a general member and then completed one term as Vice President of the Board. She also is a founding member of SPEC Foundation (Special People Enhancing Communities) which is a nonprofit developed to build relationships between first responders and individuals who have special needs. on Mrs. Martin served on the Board of Directors of the Arc of Prince George’s County from 2014 – 2016 as a general member and then completed one term as Vice President of the Board. She also is a founding member of SPEC Foundation (Special People Enhancing Communities) which is a nonprofit developed to build relationships between first responders and individuals who have special needs. As President of SPEC, she coordinated numerous collaborative programs with the Prince George’s County Fire Department and the Prince George’s County Sheriff Department. She is the founder and Ministry Leader for The Safe Place Ministry at Woodstream Church which supports families who have children with special needs. Light is an easy-to-read font, with tall and narrow letters, that works well on almost every site.Debrah Martin is also a well-known public speaker in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. She addresses various topics related to special needs issues within local communities while providing a hands-on approach to increase awareness of participants. In March of 2021, she conducted de-escalation and special needs awareness training for the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Dept. and for the Prince George’s County Sheriff Department in July 2021. Ms. Martin has spoken on local radio and television media outlets as an expert on special needs topics, educational matters, and public service projects involving children who have special needs. Mrs. Martin remains focused on current social issues that impact individuals with special needs. Since the start of the pandemic, she has been a guest speaker on WHUR’s The Daily Drum, News 4Kids -NBC, webinars, and online trainings as an expert helping children and parents cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Karen Williams has advocated for special needs students for more than 30 years. Her experience includes teaching and educational administration in public, nonpublic and private schools in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Northern Virginia and Nevada. She has served as an expert special education witness in local due process hearings on behalf of parents. Karen holds a BS degree in Special Education to include learning and emotional disabilities, and a MS degree in Educational Leadership.
As an educational consultant Karen supports families with young scholars who learn best with instruction that has been specifically designed to meet unique learning needs. Representing and being a strong voice for young scholars is Karen’s true passion. She relishes the youthful energy and uniqueness these learners bring to the world.
Karen is a member of the Coalition of Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates, (COPAA), through which she has received and participated in intense training in special education law and advocacy.
Teresa Brandes M.Ed.
Teresa Brandes served Fairfax County Public SchoolsF in several capacities to include Special Education Department Chair, Special Education Representative and Learning Disability Educator. She was responsible for school compliance to federal, state, and local special education regulations, Ms. Brandes also provided models and support for instructional delivery, data collection, progress monitoring, and recovery services. She facilitated quarterly data meetings for Reading and Math Evidence Based Programs. She developed and facilitated virtual and in-person trainings for school staff on high-leverage practices. She trained teachers in IEP development, transition planning, and software navigation . She is experienced in management of student eligibilities and IEPs to ensure compliance of IDEA timelines during summer months for 75 elementary, middle, and high schools. Ms. Brandes has a Master of Education (M.Ed.), Special Education Mild/Moderate Disabilities.
Tonya Scott is a Special Needs Resource Specialist who guides parents of children who have special needs from ages birth to adulthood. In addition to providing resources, she develops strategic plans for success throughout an individual's journey. Ms. Scott shares with parents where, when and how to go for community resources and supports. Private consultations are available.
Special Resources Consultant
Kim Brown Lucas
Ms. Lucas has worked in special education across all disability categories for 35 years. She began her career as a Head Start Coordinator in Michigan, then moved to this area and was hired by Fairfax Co Schools, where she taught in regional and regular school based classrooms for 15 years. Her emphasis and greatest passion was Autism programming. She was recognized by Fairfax for highly effective instruction and positive behavior interventions. She was one of the first special Autism resource teachers who traveled to classrooms to train teachers in a new role designed by Fairfax Co to focus directly on Autistic students. She traveled to Autism conferences across the country to learn best practices in academic, social and behavioral interventions. Ms Lucas then moved into special education administration where she served schools and families for 15 more years as a Central Office Liaison, providing successful support and mediation for the entire special education process from eligibility to complex IEPs, instructional planning, behavior and discipline issues, teacher training, and more. Ms. Lucas feels strongly that families deserve experienced, sensitive partners to help them navigate IEPs to provide access to the free and appropriate public education (FAPE) that every special child absolutely deserves, so she started a consulting firm, Edukare, in 2012. She is very pleased to join BSES and share her skills. Garamond is a classic font with a modern twist. It's easy to read on screens of every shape and size, and perfect for long blocks of text.
Mrs. Tiffany B. Phoenix, M.S., CCC-SLP, a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist with over 20 years of clinical experience. She owns and operates Phoenix Pediatric Therapy Services, LLC. Throughout her career, Mrs. Phoenix has worked in a variety of clinical settings to include home and community-based early intervention programs, pre-school programs, elementary/middle/high private, public, and charter schools, private special education schools, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, an outpatient medical center, a juvenile detention center, and in academia. She collaboratively works with the Best Solutions team as we support children with a variety of different disabilities and communication disorders.
Speech and Language Resource Consultant
Sarah has tutored students in need of Executive Functioning skills support with the Study Skills 4 Life Program developed by Debrah Martin of Best Solutions Educational Services. She has also tutored the subjects of Reading and Math to elementary , middle, high school and college math, Her tutoring experience at the collegiate level also include Basic Accounting, Communications and Nutrition. Sarah has been a Private tutor for over 2 years, providing students with individualized assistance to help them learn new concepts and complete assignments. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Communications from Northeastern University (Boston, MA).
Instructional Tutor, Academic Coach